4 Things I’d Like to Stop Buying

This post is part three of a four-part series on living frugally after the altar. With a wedding behind us, student loan payments now, and a family in the future, the husband and I are looking for ways to save money, make money, and spend less. You can also read part two (4 Things We DO Buy) and part one (6 Things We Just Don’t Buy).



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The number one way to save money is to buy less, with the exception of buying items in bulk. However, the following items are things I would like to stop buying, even in bulk, even on sale, because there is probably a better option.

Pizza Dough / Crusts

We love making our own pizzas. It’s cheaper than ordering takeout and better than frozen pizzas. However, unless pre-baked pizza crusts are very much on sale, it’s a lot cheaper to make your own. They taste better as well. One reason we have not yet gone to homemade pizza dough is because I don’t want to wait for the yeast to rise and I don’t want to have such a big, floury mess to clean up each time we want pizza. I found this dough recipe, though, and it looks good. What do you think? Do you make your own pizza dough?

Ice Cream

I love ice cream, particularly mint chocolate chip and cookie dough and moose tracks… Mmm! Unfortunately, that money and that sugar add up a lot. I have not found any good ice cream recipes don’t require an ice cream maker… Maybe we’ll purchase an ice cream churn they get marked up for summer.

Salad Dressings

A couple weekends ago, I made a lovely vinaigrette with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper. It cost basically nothing since I already have all of those pantry staples. I would love to make ranch-style dressings as well, and I’ve seen some ideas using plain yogurt or sour cream. I already make my own vinaigrettes, but I would like to start making my own creamy dressings. We’ve recently stocked up due to several coupons and deals, however, I think I’ll use what we already have first.

Breads and Bagels

We eat bagels (with either peanut butter or eggs) around 3 or 4 mornings a week. If I could find a way to make my own bagels, I could save a lot of money. Currently, we take advantage of a free bread ministry offered by our workplace, and we stock up and freeze bagels when they’re on sale. Bread is the same way. I LOVE making my own bread, but it never comes out quite like sandwich bread, which is over half of the reason we buy bread.

Friends, I would love to hear YOUR ideas! Which items would you like to stop buying? And what suggestions do you have for me and my list?


13 thoughts on “4 Things I’d Like to Stop Buying

  1. Christi Jensen says:

    We have an ice cream maker that my mom gave me as a birthday present, and we use it all the time in the summer! I make Jesse’s favorite a lot, and it’s super simple – 2 c. Orange Juice, 1 c. milk, 1 c. heavy cream, 3/4 c. sugar and sometimes a splash of vanilla. I just dump all the ingredients in the ice cream maker, fill it with ice and salt, and turn it on! I’ve made some of those 10 minute pizza crust recipes, too. I’ve gotten mixed results, but mostly great! I don’t have a pizza stone, so I use my giant 12″ cast iron skillet. My little sister went through a bagel making kick for a while. They’re quite a bit of work, but they’re SO good homemade!


  2. This is so awesome that you a consciously thinking about ways to save money. I do make my own pizza dough, although once in a while we will go out for pizza or order. But I do love home made pizza! I guess if I really wanted to save money at the grocery store I would look for ways to save on meat, and things like cleaning products or cereal. We actually shop in the “road kill” section of our grocery store. My hubby coined the phrase. It is the mark down section of the meat department. We have gotten some excellent steaks, burger and so on by checking out this area. See if your market has one. Thanks for the ideas. Have a great day. – Amy


  3. I went through a faze where I tried to make everything from scratch. It is a real money saver, but I realized that I just don’t have the time. It was a great way to spend time with the kids when I was homeschooling. But now that they are in public school and I am working part-time and doing a ton of volunteer work, I just don’t have the time to invest in doing as much homemade stuff. I hope you enjoy it though, it can be a ton of fun.


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